President and CEO,
Black River Plastics
Education: Three-year degree, RN, San Pedro Hospital school of nursing; B.S., Philippine Women's University
What your college professors didn't teach you: "No professor trained me in how to care for humanity. The majority of what I learned about business I learned in my mother's shop."
First automotive job: Occupational health nurse at Ford Motor Co.'s Utica trim plant in 1978
- 1998-2000 Account manager, Plastech Engineered Products Inc., Dearborn, Mich.
- 1996-98 Tort reform specialist, nursing consultant with product litigation group, Ford Motor Co.
- 1978-96 Occupational health nurse, nursing supervisor and nursing consultant, Ford
Most fun automotive job: "CEO."
Biggest mistake and what you learned: "Being too trusting. I have learned to be more cautious."
Proudest achievement: "Raising wonderful children and being able to quadruple the size of the company in five years."
Current challenge: "Rising material costs and keeping up with the constant change of the business climate."
On being successful: "It's just getting up each day; it's perseverance, determination and patience and never giving up."
What about the auto industry that surprised you: "The politics of the business."
What women need to know for success in the auto industry: "Learn to play the man's game."
Job to which you aspire: "I love my current job and cannot think of doing anything else but this."
What you do to relax: "Scuba diving, working out and spending time with my grandson."